L Glutamine Reviews


In a newsletter wide survey that was conducted in July of 2014, many UC’ers who are part of iHaveUC wanted to hear from the masses about their experiences with L-Glutamine and several other supplements.  So this page was created as a place for those of you to voice your own personal review of how L-Glutamine as a supplement has played a part (or not a part) in controlling your ulcerative colitis symptoms.

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With so many different supplements available to the hundreds of thousands of UC’ers around the world, it can be very hard if not impossible at times to decide upon what might help you out or not.

So, once again, if you have any experience yourself with L-Glutamine (or just plain “glutamine” as some people do call it by a different name even though there’s no difference), definitely let the rest of the UC’ers of the site know your thoughts.

From wikipedia’s page:

Glutamine (abbreviated as Gln or Q, and often called L-glutamine) is one of the 20 amino acids encoded by the standard genetic code. It is considered a conditionally essential amino acid.

Here are some scienctific studies with regards to Glutamine and Colitis:

  1. Glutamine supplementation attenuates expressions of adhesion molecules and chemokine receptors on T cells in a murine model of acute colitis.
  2. Effects of dietary glutamine on the homeostasis of CD4+ T cells in mice with dextran sulfate sodium-induced acute colitis.
  3. Use of butyrate or glutamine in enema solution reduces inflammation and fibrosis in experimental diversion colitis.

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L-Glutamine hasn't worked

Oct 27, 2014 by Catherine Edmonson
City/country:: Dallas 

At the suggestion of my (awesome!) nutritionist, I tried L-Glutamine in both capsule and powder form. Both worsened my UC symptoms - Made the stool mucusy and watery and urgent and frequent, which was not fun. I've never tried it for more than two or three days at a time.


L-Glutamine

Aug 25, 2014 by Frank Crivello
City/country:: Milwaukee 

It's okay, I used a combination of this and a probiotic supplement in lieu of the Lialda. I was fine for a couple months and then the flare ups picked up again. Back on the Lialda. I will take the L-Glutamine from time to time though as a supplement.


L-glutamine for treatment of UC

Jul 27, 2014 by Joan
City/country:: Havertown 

Hi,
I have been using l-glutatime for treatment of my ulcerative colitis for a couple of month. Problem is I am not always consistent with taking it. I must say that the times I have used it, I did notice a difference and and things seem to get better. I'm not real clear on what dosages I should be taking either. I need more instruction and information. I've read so may different articles about this amino acid being able to help with UC that I do believe it helps, you just have to be consistent. I still take my conventional medications and I use probiotics as well. I am so tired of taking so much medication, even taking the l-glutamine gets old. I have seen a positive effect when I take it. The max dosage I tried was one heap teaspoon per day.


Jul 24, 2014 by Nica Delgado
City/country:: NY,NY 

Mild Lt side UC dx in 2010, responded to Llialda with a few flares afterwards but never was able to get rid of the urgency or loose stools. After reading reviews of L glutamine on this site I decided to give it a try along with a strong probiotic. Within 2 days my stools were firm and formed and I had no urgency whatsoever. Its only been 3 weeks but i have reduced my Llialda intake dramatically and feel great. This is a game changer for me since I avoided going out if a bathroom was not readily available. TY Adam for this informative website which allows people with the disease to disseminate information that may not be available from our clinical providers.


L-glutemine

Jul 20, 2014 by Michelle Roque
City/country:: Long Pond PA 

After reading about supplelemts to help my UC, Lglutemine was one of the first I bought as well as Bromeline. Both oF them together with food every morning was a great help in keeping my flairs at bay. Definitely recommend L Glutemine. Oh and also ALoe Vera juice !!


Causes Headaches

Jul 19, 2014 by Fred
City/country:: USA 

I tried Glutamine a couple of times and it gives me a major headache with no noticable effect.

What really made a difference for me has been heavy doses of Vitamin D & K, plus extra magnesium, calcium and boron. People with UC have an imbalance with their intestinal flora., which is linked to K2 deficiency. K2 is linked to calcium and D absorption as well and they all work together to regulate the immune system. Once I began increasing those vitamins and minerals, my symptoms have decreased. I also take colloidal minerals with enzymes to assist with digesting grains and dairy. Pro-biotics keep my flora going strong as well.


No effect

Jul 19, 2014 by Joanna
City/country:: Pittsburgh, USA 

I bout it when i followed jini patels protocol. It made zero difference with my diarrhea. I also took it during other flares but was still hospitalized and on prednisone during these times. The max dose i tried was 15 grams per day.


It helps!

Jul 18, 2014 by Miesha Clipper
City/country:: Oakland 

I've been using L-Glutamine for a year and a half and it has stopped the blood! After being hospitalized in Feb 2013, I started taking L-Glut after tapering out of a 6 week Prednisone treatment. (this is when I joined this community!) I have been symptom free since April 2013 by taking L-Glut, vitamin D, VSL, Apple Cidar Vinegar in AM and Afternoon, Multivitamin, Fish oil, Aloe Juice, Tumeric, and slippery elm (late afternoon and evenings). This combo has saved me from a flare!

I also attend accupunture 2-3 times a month when I'm feeling bloated (usually in conjunction with PMS) Community accupuncture clinic donation based fee (very affordable). Vinyasa Yoga and Walking 2-3 days a week. To the person who is concerned about cost, I've found very affordable websites such as Sundrops.com and my local health/food market/collective to buy supplements. I spend about $80 to $200 every 3 months or so; but I think this is worth investing in my health and not being on prescriptions. :)


Definitely helps!

Jul 18, 2014 by Kristen Staples
City/country:: Leesburg, VA, USA 

Ever since I read about L-Glutamine on this website I ordered it immediately. I started taking one pill every day. That was about 2 months ago. Immediately I saw results in a healthier bowel movement (more firm). I am not sure what else it is doing, but I will definitely continue using it.


One bullet in my arsenal...

Jul 18, 2014 by Caroline
City/country:: USA 

I first started taking powdered L-Glutamine during my first flare - I did not notice much of a difference at that time, but nothing except for 2 months of prednisone was able to get my healing to start. I have found that when I start to feel symptoms creeping up it seems to help - as long as they aren't too out of control. This summer I have been making a frozen banana treat in the vitamix almost every day (better than ice cream and easier on my tummy!) - I always add 1-2 big tablespoons of L-Glutamine and am doing well. I'm a fan.


Didn't help

Jul 18, 2014 by Katja
City/country:: Colorado USA 

I started supplementing with L-Glutamine last year while beeing in a severe flare that landed me in the hospital.I took it for about2 months.It did neither help nor hurt me.Maybe my muscle soreness got better but I'm not sure that came from this supplement. I also stsrted taking Magnesium so maybe that helped with muscle soreness.


Glutamine helps stop the bleeding!!!

Jul 18, 2014 by Polly
City/country:: MINNEAPOLIS, USA 

Yes, there are SO many supplements out there! We would all be broke if we took everything that we wanted to take... I had a HORRIBLE flare up for months in 2012... I finally got it semi-under control (where I could leave the house, but was still feeling pretty crappy) but I was still bleeding all the time and a holistic nurse recommended that I add Glutamine to the other bazillion supplements that I take... so I tried it... and 3 days later, the bleeding stopped! I took Glutamine every day for at least a year after that. I stopped taking Glutamine simply because now I have other issues that I am dealing with and I am spending my money on other supplements. I highly recommend the Glutamine, especially if you have bleeding issues. I used a small wire whisk and mixed mine with coconut water and chugged it down. -- All the best to all of you


3.3 5.0 12 12 At the suggestion of my (awesome!) nutritionist, I tried L-Glutamine in both capsule and powder form. Both worsened my UC symptoms - Made the stool mucusy and watery and urgent and L Glutamine

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22 Responses to L Glutamine Reviews

  1. Kevin July 18, 2014 at 6:44 am #

    I take one T-spoon mixed in Aloe Vera Juice every morning and have not seen any blood for almost a year, and the cost won’t break the bank.

    Then:
    diagnosed-August 2013 Left-Sided UC moderate to severe. Symptoms – the works
    Meds – Lialda, Apriso, Uceris, Prednisone(caused central sirus retinopathy)

    Now:
    In Remission(1yr), no meds
    Supplements -Chlorella, Spirulina, Probiotics, Glutamine, Flaxseed, Fish Oil, Astaxanathin

    • Amanda October 6, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

      Thank you so much for your post Kevin. I was diagnosed with the exact same thing you have to a T and I have been trying to figure out what to take/eat to try and calm it down without remicade or the other billion of meds my doctor has told me to take (time to find a new doctor). Any how, I appreciate you sharing your experience and knowledge! Wishing you well.

  2. Darlene
    Darlene July 18, 2014 at 7:54 am #

    I’m so glad to hear people are finally taking their health into their own hands.I tried l glutamine and in worked great for me . I also took L- argine and phosphatidyl choline. Also saw palmetto which is a natural muscle relaxerand antiinflamatory .I’ts not just for men!I have been symptom free for over a year and a half .

  3. bev July 18, 2014 at 8:16 am #

    Everyone knows that I am an advocate for L-glutamine. It’s been in my daily life for about three years. I have also been med free that long. I highly recommend it (along with a good probiotic by the way).

    Along with colon healing, it is also recommended for tissue healing after surgery, so, yes, it’s a good thing to take!

    :)

    • Graham from England
      graham lee July 18, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

      Bev,

      You should be proud of yourself for I doubt we would be reviewing supplements and more natural alternatives (outside the thread’s) without you! I really hoped this would happen, it’s like he (Adam) is reading our minds..

      Best to you and the great man….

      • bev July 18, 2014 at 4:45 pm #

        Thank you Graham. You are the best!

        You know, I still do bleed every so often, even with the much touted L-glutamine. I will also still always take it, though, as I believe things would be ‘worse’ without it at times…

        Case in point, just this past week I ate tomatoes fresh from my vines three days in a row, and guess what happened? Yep, what I like to affectionately call a ‘mini flare’. As soon as I stopped eating them, and getting rid of them (wink wink), all is much better. I had no idea that tomatoes did not ‘agree’ with me. They were kind of ‘thick skinned’…perhaps that is why. I could not figure out where I went wrong, and then I thought…the tomatoes!!This never happened with last years’ crop for some reason. Just goes to show that we even change within ourselves from time to time! What a pain UC is…

        I wonder if I could have a strawberry margherita…hmmmm

        • janetm July 20, 2014 at 11:26 am #

          Tomatoes, strawberries… hmmm… could it be histamine intolerance? Maybe worth investigating. I believe HI is a big factor with me.
          I am doing yet again L Glutamine and a very watered down aloe vera. I do believe that supplements without the needed dietary changes do little to no good.

  4. Doug July 18, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    Also worked VERY well for me. I was bleeding and going many times every morning for several hours. Also generally feeling bad and losing weight. Stated taking the Glutamine (been over a year now) along with Aloe Vera and VSL #3. Made quite a difference. I now am very regular with no bleeding and formed bowel movements. Feel much better and am able to do things again without worry of getting the sudden strong urges to go.

  5. Christine July 18, 2014 at 9:33 am #

    Sorry but it didn’t help at all for me along with aloe Vera and a good probiotic ! But I had noticed my Colitis got worse for me since I gave up smoking 9 Years ago ? And apparently smoking is good for it says my Doctor ? But I have no intensions of ever going back to smoking ? So since being in a flare since Christmas and 2months on steroids to no avail I tried the next best thing a Nicorette Inhaler ? And Low and behold after 3 days of using it night time only for about 20 minutes or so the bleeding stopped that was about 3 months ago and Fingers crossed still doing fine

  6. Justin Johnson July 18, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    I use glutamine daily it is a great anti inflammatory. I drink a protein shake with added glutamine most mornings.

  7. Aido July 18, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

    I take l-glutamine powder every morning – very important that it’s taken on an empty stomach at least 30 mins before breakfast!!
    I’ve been taking it now for about four years along with another few supplements and a probiotic.
    I had very aggressive UC before deciding to change everything in my life that might be causing flare ups.
    L-glutamine was included in my plan and will remain there.
    It’s quite difficult to know exactly what works but I have a strong feeling that glutamine is playing a very large role in keeping me well.
    Aidan
    Dublin – Ireland

    • Jamie July 22, 2014 at 5:26 am #

      I totally agree. This is my exact story as well.

  8. Ana July 18, 2014 at 4:08 pm #

    Doesn’t seem that l glutamine helped our daughter. The biggest doze she took was one tsp. a day. She did it for over a year. We stopped a month ago and didn’t notice any difference. She also tried Phosphatidylcholine and byturate– didn’t seem to make any difference….

    • Mary July 18, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

      L glutamine has helped my son. He takes 1 scoop first thing in the morning and 2 scoops before bed.

  9. Marlee July 18, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    I think this is the next supplement I’m going to try. People here are talking about teaspoons, and scoops of the stuff. What’s the actual dosage? Are there different forms of it? Is it available in capsule form?

    • Jamie July 22, 2014 at 5:24 am #

      I go to a wellness doctor. When you feel you are getting a flare. You can take it three times a day. Teaspoon in the morning, afternoon and in the evening. For maintenance once flare is under control. One teaspoon per day. Hope this helps.

  10. Roberta July 20, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    I started taking L-Glutamine about 4 months ago in an effort to get off budesonide. It definitely helps. I am not sure if I am taking it in the right amount but just followed the directions of 1/2 teaspoon a day in a glass of water. I take budesonide twice a week. and the other days I take the L-Glutamine. Have read the labels on different brands and they vary as to time of day to take and amount. This is something I am not clear on either. I also read that powder was better and others say capsules. My doctor is no help on this. He thinks medication is the answer. I don’t.

    • Joan July 26, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

      Roberta,
      I agree with you. My doctor don’t endorse the supplements other than probiotics. I am so tired of taking all of this medication and not really getting any benefit from them. It’s so frustrating. I have two large bottles of l-glut powder and I’m gonna start taking it again. I drink it is juice in the morning but perhaps I need to drink it three times a day to really get a good result.

  11. mark July 22, 2014 at 1:13 pm #

    I have been on a regimen of azathioprine, budesonide, with asacol$$/lialda$$$$/balazide sodium (in that order). Plus 20mg prednisone tapers about twice a year (as compared with 4x or more/year at higher dosages in the old days (and it is pretty good think not to start at over 20mg pred because that is as much fun as falling down the stairs). I have been on a strict-as-possible SCD diet for over a year, make my own probiotic yogurt, exercise a lot. My doctor has generally found that even when I don’t feel my colitis is active, it actually is in a mild flare. I go from mild to moderate, keep really bad flares under control sort-of, and don’t try to experiment by going on and off medication. Since my Silver insurance won’t cover Humiera for UC, we are back with Pred, and idea of Humiera was starting for freak me out. I paid for all the chest xrays and stuff before it became clear as mud that Humiera was not covered. That is a separate essay though. So…

    In past few months I have taken L-Glutamine 2 heaping tsps/day and sometimes and a probiotic “Megaflora”. The L-Glutamine seems to have a somewhat calming/constipating effect which is welcome. I have no idea if it actually reduces inflammation but it seems to affect symptoms somewhat. Or that could be the medication. There are plenty of other things that seem to push symptoms the wrong way–more than a cup of coffee, more than a glass or two of dry wine, too much fresh fruit. etc. I feel when I have bouts of diarrhea that L-glutamine does some of what an OTC anti-diarrhea med like loperamide will do, and kind of calm spasms and reduce the trips (wish we could all get frequent flyer miles for trips to the toilet ;) I would be in the super platinum five-star generals club). In general, and for decades, I have found that when I have a moderate flare, nothing I eat or take really turns it around besides Prednisone, and when I have a mild flare I can spend my whole day guessing about what food or drink is “at fault” when the truth is that none of the diet or supplements started the flare and none end it, but many can have some small effect. I think the diet and maybe the L-Glutamine (which I only heard about through this site) have reduced my symptoms and may have increased the time between my Predisone tapers. That’s just me.

  12. Lisa Angst July 22, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    L Glutamine – still testing this out, but the level of healing that I have experienced when I am out of flares seems to have been accelerated in the recent year. This was also around the same time I had introduced L Glutamine 500 mg taken in powder form 2x a day. Inflammation markers and other lab tests show more rapid recovery than what I have experienced on diet alone (I get a lot of labs yearly to track progress and look for patterns in biochemistry – more than I can go into here). There are additional variable to be considered, (I mention some highlights below), but there’s enough of a positive result present for me to warrant continuation of L Glutamine.

    Diagnosed with pancolitis in 2008 – Specific Carbohydrate Diet since 2008, G.A.P.S. diet since 2012, F.O.D.M.A.P.S. add-on since 2013. I Take LDN 4.5 mg compounded for medication – nothing else since 2010.

    Lisa

  13. jag July 22, 2014 at 11:43 pm #

    Hi My daughter is 8, and was wondering is it safe for her to take Glutamine? she is with a naturopathic doctor who has given her a mixture which contain Glu, which she hates taking due to the taste. Just wondering how much was safe to give.

  14. Marsha crippen July 23, 2014 at 6:00 am #

    I read on Adams website wherr someone recommended “fermented” l-glutaine. Is there a difference between regular l-glutamine vs. Fermented”. Im in the middle of a 7-month flare and trying everything to stop the bleeding. It gets pretty scary when it wont stop. Prednisone didnt help at all. :(. Thank you

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